Shortly after the third episode aired, the official accounts of the TV anime UniteUp! announced that the series would be going on hiatus. This hiatus unfortunately delays the release of the fourth episode until February 11.
Delays of anime and manga releases are not something new. Like many series recently, the delay to UniteUp!’s weekly release of episodes is caused by COVID-19’s effects on production. The NieR: Automata Ver1.1a anime even recently announced a delay to the release of its fourth episode due the virus’s impacts on its production.
Fortunately, UniteUp! announced that two special programs will be aired on January 28 and February 4 in place of the expected fourth and fifth episodes. This special program is titled UniteUp! ~物語のキセキ〜, or roughly translated, UniteUp! Miracle of the Story. Although little is known about this program, fans can look forward to new content instead of the series rebroadcasting episodes while on hiatus.
Speaking of new content, not long after UniteUp! announced the delay of the fourth episode, its official Twitter account released its music and video product release decision. Three EPs will be released, and the series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with six volumes total. The LEGIT EP will be available on April 5, JAXX/JAXX’s EP SuperStar will be available March 22, and AneLa’s EP will be available February 22. The original soundtrack for the series is releasing on June 14. The Blu-ray and DVD volumes one through six are being released on April 19, May 25, June 28, July 26, August 30, and September 27 respectively.
UniteUp! is a mixed-media project created by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and the TV anime series by CloverWorks premiered in January 2023. The series follows Akira Kiyose, a high school student who loves to sing. After his songs were published to a video sharing site, he got scouted by the entertainment agency sMiLea Production. The agency was started by idol duo AneLa after they suddenly retired. Akira forms a group with two others that were also scouted, Banri Naoe and Chihiro Isuzugawa. The three of them are inspired by two groups in the same agency JAXX/JAXX and LEGIT, and together the three boys strive to make their idol debut. The series is available on Crunchyroll with episodes streaming on Saturdays.
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